What is the fostering plus scheme?
The fostering plus scheme is a fostering package provided to some of our most vulnerable young people and children. Aged between 5-18, some with disabilities, they can be placed on short or long term placements.
It is important for these young people and children to know that the people looking after them really care about them and can support them now and are going to do their best to help them in the future.
Fees, training and support
Foster plus carers require experience and skills in order to meet the needs of these children, in recognition of the fact we pay a professional fee, plus maintenance allowance for the young person or child. Read more about our allowances.
We provide training and ongoing support, both by social workers and other carers in the scheme. You work as part of a team caring for the young person/child.
Things to think about
We are looking for resourceful people who want to work with young people and children and who are prepared to recognise and build on their existing skills and learn new ways of dealing with difficult behaviour.
The young people or children may have very complex needs. Training will be provided to give you a better understanding and offer guidance on appropriate strategies to meet these needs. They need sympathetic and reliable care. The duration and terms of any placement will be set out in a written agreement at the beginning of the placement.
What do I need to be a foster plus carer?
We don’t expect foster plus carers to have all the skills at the beginning - just the motivation to work with us, and a comprehension of the complexity of the task.
- a spare room
- one carer to be at home full time
- confidence and a positive attitude
- ability to set consistent boundaries
- ability to work with others
If you are interested in becoming a foster plus carer, then contact us and we can give you more detailed information about the scheme, the children and the young people to be placed.
What some of our foster plus carers said
Foster plus carers tell us it's a rewarding and satisfying job, seeing children and young people gradually start to relax and enjoy themselves and gain skills makes it all worthwhile. It is important to be able to recognise and build on small successes.
'We knew we were getting there when she said sorry for the first time.'
“He came back at Christmas and I felt really proud of him as we sat down to eat. He looked smart and appeared so much more confident - that made it all worthwhile.”
"After all the fights, all the aggro, all the storming out saying ‘I hate you’, I never thought he would come back to visit, let alone get a job. But now he breezes in, in his motorbike gear, and tells the other lads how to behave. Who would have thought it."